National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15—Oct.15) celebrates the many positive contributions of Hispanic Americans. It's also a critical reminder that Hispanic adults are disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke.

Did you know... Among Hispanic adults 20 years of age and older from 2015 to 2018, 52.3% of males and 42.7% of females had Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and in 2018, CVD caused the deaths* of 30,584 Hispanic males and 25,983 Hispanic females of all ages. Source: 2021 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistical Update Fact Sheet -Hispanic/Latino Race & Cardiovascular Diseases*


The American Heart Association created the Office of Health Equity in 2018 following an 18-month in depth review by a volunteer-driven task force. The Office of Health Equity houses the following:

  • Our Social Impact Fund, which invests in local entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to healthy lives.
  • The Bernard J. Tyson Fund, which powers the AHA’s goal to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

We also support our Empowered to Serve™ initiatives which include Empowered Scholars, local and national EmPOWERED to Serve ™Business Accelerator, Interactive Virtual Health Lessons and our Community Innovation Exchange™.

World Mental Health Day is October 10th

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

  • How does depression affect the heart?
  • Thankfulness: How Gratitude Can Help Your Health
  • Practice mindful eating
  • Meditation to boost health and wellbeing
  • Can your pet help you be healthier?

  • Eduardo Sanchez M.D. M.P.H. FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association lends tips on managing stress mentally and physically.

    World Stroke Day is October 29th!

    By learning the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.

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    Learn the stroke warning signs.

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    Do you know your stroke risk factors?

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    Stroke Recovery. There is life – and hope – after stroke.

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    The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021 will be a global experience with the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science for health care professionals worldwide presented at the Virtual Experience, Sat. through Mon., Nov. 13-15, 2021. Media may register here.

    Important Dates in October

    9/15 - 10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

    10/10 - World Mental Health Day

    10/11 - Indigenous Peoples Day

    10/15 - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

    10/18 – 10/22 - National Health Education Week

    10/29 - World Stroke Day